Mission: A. To provide information about snow and avalanches; b. To represent the professional interest of the u. S. Avalanche community c. To contribute toward high standards of professional competence and ethics for persons engaged in avalanche activities; d. To exchange technical information and maintain communications among persons engaged in avalanche activities; e. To promote research and development in avalanche safety; and f. To promote and act as a resource base for public awareness programs about avalanche hazards and safety measures.
Programs: Administer continuing professional education and certification programs for avalanche workers. We operate educational programs geared toward ski patrollers, mtn guides, and others whose work involves managing risks of and/or providing safe travel in snow avalanche country. We also administer an avalanche instructor certificate program. Graduates receive a credential recognized by employers and agencies throughout north america. In this year 8 new instructors were certified and we launched a continuing professional development matrix to set a standard for continuing learing among avalanche instructors.
publication of the avalanche review, a trade and scientific periodical issued 4x year for the professional avalanche safety community. Articles published in t. A. R. Improve the knowledge and skills of it's readers with topics addressing advances in forecasting methods, snow avalanche control techniques, education of snow recreationists to make good decisions on site, and current research. Content includes coverage of areas such as the use of rescue dogs, victim search methods, safety and survival equipment, litigation, and accident reports and analysis. Regular subscribers number in excess of 900. (revenue reported is that of member-subscribers only, add'l sales are not separately reported and numerous copies are distributed free of charge at industry functions, etc. )
made six grants to individuals performing and publishing research on the following topics - spatial variability of snowpack fracture propagation propensity at the slope scale. Validating the avatech snow profiler. Aerial vs. Surface detonation of explosives for avalanche mitigation. Mapping starting zone snow depth with a ground-based lidar for avalanche control planning and evaluation. The effects of ice layer thickness on temperature gradient, faceting and shear strength in snow. The effect of canopy shading and aspect on the size and shape of surface hoar growth on small inclined forest meadows.
publication of educational textbook known as "the snow, weather and avalanche guide". This book is a required text in college classrooms and among avalanche schools and programs for snow safety workers. Informational website - av. Org. Financial assistance to regional avalanche forecasting centers in the united states for running their educational and forecasting programs.